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Todays mod - push button ABS

Well alot of us know what its like to hit the trails, and how scary it can be when you want or need to stop but your ABS thinks otherwise. so i wired up a push button on/off switch in my glovebox. Now i can lock em up when ever i want!!!

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^cut that wire

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^crimp on some ends

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^the switch i used

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^connect the switch

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^ ground switch for the leds in the switch

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^ABS on

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^ABS off


^mounted in the glove box
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Nice, I'm guessing you had problems with your ABS?
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Nice, I'm guessing you had problems with your ABS?

Yes i have, the place i go wheelin is pretty tight and there are some good hills, if you start to slide going up a hill and hit the brakes sometimes the ABS will kick on and ill go backward down the hill toward trees. not to fun.
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Damn really that simple?

need to investigate to see which wire mine is
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Who hasnt had problems with ABS? lol - Try hitting a steep downhill gravel road with a sharp corner at the bottom in 2wd - or trying to somehow stop in an icy situation.. sometimes locking things up is what saves your butt.. on off on off doesnt work when you already know conditions are bad.
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cool idea!

i hate ABS. theres nothing worse then the feeling of sliding down an icy hill with the ABS pulsing. ask me how i know. and the guy in the jeep that was in front of me hahaha
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Nice work man. I personally wouldn't mount it in the glove box because I could see something flying up and hitting that during an emergency stop.
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I think I will tackle this but do as Bob did and put it on the radio bezel
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this is a real cool idea. but why would you do it? what are you trying to get out of it?
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man i really thought that was alot harder to do which wiring harness is that one?
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man i really thought that was alot harder to do which wiring harness is that one?
its #14 in the back of my fuse panel inside the cab
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10-4 thats the first mod i did to my truck helps u actually stop in mud lol not skip then stop after u want too.....they have a how to in fourwheeler mazagine it just finding the fuse and tappin in with fuse taps.....i did mine with solder n heat shrink im an electrician and idont like those crimps but its nice to have a quick disco set up like u did
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this is a real cool idea. but why would you do it? what are you trying to get out of it?
During offroading situations the ABS becomes useless. Ask moell. He was turning and hit the brakes but the ABS kicked in and he drove down the side of a mountain because he couldn't stop. I was coming down a snow covered hill when my friend decided to stop at the bottom of the hill as I was coming down it. I slammed on the brakes and locked the tires up. I barely tapped him but if I would have had the ABS in I would have plowed into his 2 week old Tacoma. ABS is designed for the street. Offroad it can actually make you lose control if you aren't careful and even when you are. Locking the tires up on dirt or other loose surfaces will help you slow down because a mound of material forms in front of the tire kind of acting like a wheel chock. So if you are on dirt and slam on the brakes the tires dig in and stop you.

If the offroading you do consists of driving a few feet on dirt and parking your tire on a rock to take pics and post them on here then you don't need to do this.
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Nice work man. I personally wouldn't mount it in the glove box because I could see something flying up and hitting that during an emergency stop.
yeah, im not worried about that. the switch is small and it has to be pushed in past flush with the switch housing. I can always remount it if i need to i just didnt know where to put it.
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If the offroading you do consists of driving a few feet on dirt and parking your tire on a rock to take pics and post them on here then you don't need to do this.
well i always was told and read that once your tires lock up then your out of controll.... i may be wrong
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well i always was told and read that once your tires lock up then your out of controll.... i may be wrong
Yes that is true. The purpose of ABS is to allow you to steer away from an obstacle not to help you stop faster. But again it is designed to to work on the street. On loose surfaces it can prevent the tires from actually slowing you down. If you know how to drive properly you will be fine without ABS.
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well i always was told and read that once your tires lock up then your out of controll.... i may be wrong
Not in the offroad world, sometimes you have to lock up. they dont have ABS on rock buggies, ATVs, and dirt bikes.
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good mod, i am fairly certain that i will be doing it with my truck, but i think i am going to put one of those big toggle switches with the big red covers on it, just for fun
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Yes that is true. The purpose of ABS is to allow you to steer away from an obstacle not to help you stop faster. But again it is designed to to work on the street. On loose surfaces it can prevent the tires from actually slowing you down. If you know how to drive properly you will be fine without ABS.
yea i know that when i used to have my civic i would have to pump the breaks and stuff during rain and hard stops once the tires lock up.... i guess my offroading is not hard or crazy enough to really need thing feature lol
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Nice!
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04 xlt, as someone said before, traction=control, when you are on pavement, the most traction (read "friction" or "ground resistance") is when the tire speed matches the road speed, when you are in soft conditions (snow, gravel, mud) you want to dig your self a hole and get your tires into that, we all know how hard it is to pull someone out of a hole they have dug themselves into by spinning all 4 tires, this is basically the same principal. you are creating a hole, with a bank only infront of you, Whippersnapper said it better than I ever could have, it works just like a wheel chock.

If you are on black ice, where your tire is not going to dig into the ice at all, due to how hard it is, your best bet is to try to match the speed, and slow down slowly, and in actuality, a bald tire or racing slick deal would work better (provided that the tires are soft at that tempature)
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This is gonna get done this weekend! If i can figure out the wire in my 2008... I had a little "oppertunity" with my ABS last weekend. scared the **** outta me lol
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^ owners manual will show you the fuse. I tested it out also, driving the down the road hit the button then stomped on the breaks locked up all 4 and made some smoke. haha
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cool find man, I cannot tell what color combo is tht wire, blue/pink?
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nice work, the only real time I really like ABS is when I have to slam on brakes in the rain on pavement. most of the other trucks/cars offer a ABS turn off switch factory...
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